Programme Sourcing Manager

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Reaction Engines is looking for an influential and motivated Programme Sourcing Manager to join our Supply Chain department.



The Role

A key member of a multi discipline project team, providing the interface between the Supply Chain and Programme functions to define programme needs and deliver a strategy capable of delivering those needs. Key focus on defining Supply Chain solutions, including supplier selection and joint development. Work with the project team and strategic suppliers to define the required specifications, and drive improvements through design changes. You will keep the focus on driving cost, quality and delivery improvements while protecting the programme requirements.


You will also be responsible for developing and deploying a complex category strategy and championing it through all programme supply chains. This will require selecting and developing strategic suppliers and exiting others, while ensuring that company IP is protected through NDAs and secure contracts.


Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Create and implement supply chain commercial framework to meet the company requirements, including but not limited to:
    • Define Programme needs
    • Make & present sourcing strategies
    • Tendering documents
    • Validation of SOW packages
    • Ensure flow down of Customer and Agency requirements in our contractual obligations
    • Negotiation of costs, schedules and terms associated with contracted requirements
    • Respond to quality or delivery shortfalls
    • Support the Programme Manager in creating and tracking the programmes costs with regards to outsourced activity
  • Create and maintain a commodity Supply Chain Strategy
    • Summarising the Supply Chain strategy by commodity
    • Make available to all relevant stakeholders the sourcing strategies
    • Risk Analysis – Identification and resolution of supply issues in order to meet business commitments against planned milestones.
    • Optimise supplier engagement and development from concept to hardware delivery
    • Validate proposed improvements to Supply Chain and Manufacturing strategies
    • Manage design changes with Suppliers to ensure any costs and obsolescence incurred are minimised whilst maintaining delivery in line with project requirements.
    • Place and expedite orders in line with Project requirements, managing Supplier’s capacity constraints in line with the dynamic environment of design and development.
  • Monitoring the execution of all contractual obligations in place including; developing, reviewing and negotiating contracts with
    • Partners
    • Project teams
    • Customers
    • Suppliers
    • Sub-contractors
  • Developing a practical, commercial approach to protect company’s interests and project margins
    • Support the Head of Supply Chain, deputising when needed, and the Programme teams to define the Supply Chain strategy for all Design and Sourcing activities
    • Identify business risks and provide input to Risk Management model
    • Identify and support product and process improvements
  • Establish develop and maintain effective working relationships with all work colleagues, contractors and partnering agencies to ensure an integrated contribution to Reaction Engines’ corporate objectives
  • Observe and comply with all company policies and procedures and for Health and Safety at WorkObserve and continually promote equal opportunities and customer care in compliance with organisational aims and objectives
  • Participate in learning and development activities that develop personal effectiveness and assist in improving performance in the role
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required in line with the level of responsibility of the post and in order to meet the changing needs of the organisation




  • Strong Supply Chain Management background
  • Excellent contractual expertise
  • Defining and developing supply chain strategies
  • Complex bid management and negotiation in a complex commercial environment
  • Defining and developing material or service specifications / statements of work
  • Demonstrable success in cost reduction initiatives
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in heavy engineering, mechanical, construction or related industries
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience at a contract management level



  • Currently in a Senior Supply Chain or Commercial Officer / Manager role
  • Experience in managing multiple complex programmes at the same time
  • Experience of working in the aerospace sector




  • Degree level or equivalent education



  • Currently in a Senior Supply Chain or Commercial Officer / Manager role


Skills and Behaviours


  • Personally motivated, with a task-oriented approach
  • Strong and adaptable influencing skills
  • Financially astute, perceptive and intuitive, with strong commercial judgment
  • Highly credible, can talk with authority
  • Able to energise and drive a high-performing, matrixed team
  • Discretion to handle confidential information



  • Proactive focus on delivering improvements without direction
  • Adaptable to embrace flexible working to meet business needs


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with Reaction Engines’ core values:

  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Trust
  • Quality
  • Teamwork


This role attracts a competitive salary and excellent company benefits including 28 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after 2 years’ service) plus public holidays, employee share scheme, employer matching company pension scheme, life assurance and a contribution towards onsite nursery childcare for children under 3 years of age.  We also offer dynamic working where employees split their time working from home and from our office in Culham (average 2 days per week).


Salary: £48,000 to £55,000

Contract: Permanent

Working Hours: 35 hours per week


Please send your Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to quoting reference 036-2021 – Programme Sourcing Manager